Suspended for Long Hair

While I think most school dress codes are a good thing, there are times you sort of wonder.  There are always going to be times when a rule needs to be stretched and in the case of an Ohio boy growing out his hair for a charity, that is a time for such a stretch.  Below is the article taken from Yahoo news.

Student suspended for growing hair for charity Locks of Love


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By | Shine OnWed, 24 Oct, 2012 1:43 PM

Zachary Aufderheide has been suspended by his school for growing his hair even though it is for charity. (Facebook)Zachary Aufderheide has been suspended by his school for growing his hair even though it is for charity. (Face …What was supposed to be a thoughtful gesture for charity has resulted in a suspension for one Ohio teen.

Zachary Aufderheide, 17, of Canton, Ohio, is growing out his hair to donate a 10-inch ponytail to Locks of Love, an organization that provides wigs for cancer patients.

However, his growing hair violates his high school’s dress code, so Canton South High School gave the junior an ultimatum, cut his hair or face a two-day in-school suspension.

Only one inch away from his goal, Aufderheide chose the suspension. He doesn’t know what will happen at the end of the suspension, but is determined to donate his hair.

Aufderheide’s mother, Robin, tells ABC News that her son approached the school board in September to explain the importance of what he was doing and to ask them to support him in reaching his goal.

“I can understand where they’re coming from. They’ve had this dress code policy for so long, but I don’t understand why they can’t make one simple exception this one time,” Zach tells WKYC-TV.

Despite board members commending Aufderheide’s efforts, they still voted to uphold the school’s dress code.

“What he’s doing is against board policy. The decision on this one, tough as it was, was to follow the board policies written,” says school board president John Martin.

“I feel pretty disappointed with their decision because, honestly, I really put a lot of heart and soul into my demonstration, like, my presentation of the idea to them, and then when they just all unanimously voted against it…it was just kind of heartbreaking to me,” Aufderheide tells ABC News.

Aufderheide insists that he’ll maintain his hair at regulation length following the donation to Locks of Love.

Last winter, a Michigan teen was suspended for the same reason.

Seventeen-year-old J.T. Gaskins, 17, is a leukaemia survivor and wanted to give back by donating to Locks of Love.

“I’m fighting for them to make it an option for kids to grow out their hair for Locks of Love, to make it a part of the school and raise awareness for all cancer charities out there that can help patients,” Gaskins says of the petition he and his mother launched, asking the school to change its policy on hair.

“It wouldn’t be a change to where people find a loophole just to grow out their hair.”

“I’m fine with all of their rules,” Gaskins adds. “I just think that with this, they could try to make a compromise.”

The school responded to the petition with options for Gaskins, promising to support the teen as long as he styled his growing hair in a way that was compliant with school rules, kept out of his eyes and off his shirt collar.

In the end, Gaskins opted to look for a new school.

Should school’s hair rules make exceptions for Locks of Love donations? What about other dress code violations in the name of charity?

So, what say you, all my readers?  Personally, for a boy who has survived  leukaemia, I think this was a wonderful thing to do.  I also think this Locks of Love sounds like a very good charity.  As I just had my hair cut to shoulder length, it would be hard to have that long of hair for a while, but what a wonderful charity.  Something to think about for the future.  Check it out.

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Upgrading the Bookshelf

I’m slowly trying to clean up Kate’s Bookshelf, making it neater and much more streamlined.  I want to make a page specifically for the blogs I follow, along with my tools of the writing trade, and various other things.  So, if you happen upon a page that seems lacking, well that’s probably because it isn’t finished.  Hopefully I’ll be able to get it much neater soon, but until then, please be patient. It’s a work in progress.

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This Thing Called A Generation Gap

I’ve never been more aware of the generation gap between me and my parents than the other night when we were all watching Dancing With the Stars.  While I suppose that I know that there is certain music they won’t know about because of our preferences, and well that thing called age, I’ve never really paid that much attention to the differences.  Especially since I happen to like most of the music my parents like, and my parents tend to enjoy at least half of what I like.

Ah, but last Tuesday night, I got to have a good laugh at the age difference.

So there we were watching DWTS (we all abbreviate it if we are fans) and Gilles Marini and Peta Murgatroyd had just gotten the music for their ‘Guilty Pleasure’ team free dance.

Drum roll please……

It was ‘Gangnam Style’ by Psy.  Gilles was psyched and as he expressed this, I busted up laughing.  But only me.  My parents were just looking at me wondering why I found it so funny.  Then to have Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough get the song “Call Me, Maybe’ by Carly Rae Jepson just added to the hilarious factor.  So yeah, I had to explain both to my mother, though my father did know about the Carly song.

I was laughing so hard because I knew this song, though I have yet to actually watch the music video for “Gangnam Style”.  I know enough to find it funny. I know enough to be current with pop culture.  And I finally am the one having to explain things to my parents instead of the other way around.

It’s weird, but it’s also kind of funny. I never really gave it much thought as to the gap in ages.  I tend to relate to much older people, since I spent more time around adults than people my own age growing up.  While I do tend to have my ‘young’ moments, I love my green nail polish…, I relate better to an older generation.

Except with some things.  Then it’s all me and people with my age group.

And we like things Gangnam Style…. I think.

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It’s the Thread

This is a pair of Levi’s®,
buttons and rivets and pockets and cuffs,

and the thread that holds it together.

When the road gets rough and the sky gets jumpy and the stars start falling on top of your head and the waves start breaking against your legs;

It’s the thread in your seams that’s tied to your dreams.

It’s the sole in your feet that keep the beat;

You’re gonna be great, you’re gonna be great, you’re gonna be great;
You’re gonna find the cure, you’re gonna be famous, you’re gonna be shameless.
Spittin’ seeds in the wind, tap dancing with your shoe laces pinned, to the back
of a bus at the end of the road, at the bottom of the ninth, with a crown on your head

You’re a queen, you’re a king, you’re the solo act in a sold out show at a six story stadium, and you’re proud, you’re a hero! You got a hero’s grip. Swingin’ by a
single stitch. You follow your heart, follow the leader, you’re the leader;

Are you joking, are you breaking, are you shaking? You’re the next living leader of the world. You’re a kid. Holding onto the thread. That holds it together.

This is a pair of Levi’s®

 If you have been watching television lately, you will have seen the new ad for Levi’s jeans which is the above, lyrics included.  Either you love it or hate it.  I am in the love category, while my father hates it.

I find it to be one of the most lyrical ads out there, and it’s like a mini  bit of slam poetry.  Something that I’m not terribly familiar with, but when   you like it you just like it.  Another bit I can remember of slam poetry I liked was the one done at the 2010 winter Olympics Opening Ceremonies in Vancouver, B.C.  It was done by Canadian’s Shane Koyczan, his poem being ‘We Are More’.  You can see it in the video below. (there are other ‘neater’ versions on Youtube, but for me, the whole Olympics experience is what makes it cool)

Well, I can’t really say why the Levi’s or Shane Koyczan’s poems hit me, but when you like something, you just like it.

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